Aug 092011
 August 9, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Mike Masnick writes:

A year ago, we wrote about a legal challenge concerning the constitutionality of a California law that requires police to collect and store DNA of anyone arrested (not convicted). A California state appeals court has now struck down the law, saying that it’s a violation of the 4th Amendment. Considering all of the rulings lately that seem to have done away with the 4th Amendment, it’s nice to see one going in the other direction, though I’m sure there’s still going to be an appeal. And, unfortunately, the article linked above suggests that this ruling will likely get reversed on appeal, noting that a federal appeals court (third circuit) recently ruled on the same issue, and said it’s fine to collect DNA form arrestees.

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